Marianne Luban
So Much Silver
Thu Apr 12, 2018 15:03
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I am not aware of any in-depth discussion of why King Psusennes I of Tanis had so much silver that he did an unprecedented thing, which was to have an entire coffin for his burial made of silver. Silver was a precious commodity in Egypt and had always been. Although known as the "bones of the gods" there has never been much surviving from any royal burial made of this metal--except in this one case. As to the actual sarcophagus of Psusennes--that came from Thebes and was recycled from King Merneptah of Dynasty 19. This no doubt was a present from the Theban connections of Psusennes.

But, according to the Bible, there was a king to the east of Egypt who held silver cheap. Read about that here:

http://knsfinancial.com/worthless-silver-and-a-lesson-on-value/

So Solomon had so much silver that he could afford to give it away. Perhaps he gave quite a lot to his father-in-law, Psusennes of Tanis. If the correct timeline for this pharaoh is 1047-1001 BCE and the math of Eusebius is correct for a date of 1510 BCE of some Israelites going out of Egypt--then 480 years later would be the fourth year of King Solomon. That would be 1030 BCE, falling within the reign of Psusennes. Anyway, a long reign is indicated for Psusennes, who may have been the Egyptian to give a daughter to Solomon. An excellent documentary about the silver coffin and Psusennes can be viewed at


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBawN6Uxb08

    • re: Psusennes I and SolomonRich McQuillen, Thu Apr 12 18:36
      Your chronology looks close, with Psusennes I. I have something different. David and Solomon are a little interesting because they mark the end of the archaeologically proven characters in the bible. ... more
      • re: Psusennes I and SolomonMarianne Luban, Thu Apr 12 19:38
        http://cojs.org/how_we_know_when_solomon_ruled-_kenneth_a-_kitchen-_bar_27-05-_sep-oct_2001/ "Going back 78 years from 853/852 B.C., the end of Ahabís reign, we get 931/930 B.C. for the beginning of... more
        • re: Psusennes I and SolomonAnonymous , Fri Apr 13 15:22
          This article by Nadav Na'aman may be of interest, as it links King David and Pharaoh Psusennes I: "Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt" (Numbers XIII 22), Vetus Testamentum 31 (1981),... more
          • re: Psusennes I and SolomonMarianne Luban, Sat Apr 14 13:05
            Anonymous wrote: "This article by Nadav Na'aman may be of interest, as it links King David and Pharaoh Psusennes I: "Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt" (Numbers XIII 22), Vetus... more
            • re: Psusennes I and SolomonAnonymous, Mon Apr 16 16:33
              Anonymous wrote: "This article by Nadav Na'aman may be of interest, as it links King David and Pharaoh Psusennes I: "Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt" (Numbers XIII 22), Vetus... more
              • re: Psusennes I and SolomonMarianne Luban, Mon Apr 16 17:21
                Anonymous wrote: "Marianne, you may also find it of interest that Flavius Josephus records an 80-year reign for King Solomon (Jewish Antiquities 8.211). So if the year of Solomon's accession was 1007 ... more
                • re: Psusennes I and SolomonAnonymous , Wed Apr 18 16:55
                  Anonymous wrote: "Marianne, you may also find it of interest that Flavius Josephus records an 80-year reign for King Solomon ( Jewish Antiquities 8.211). So if the year of Solomon's accession was... more
                  • Ages and DatesMarianne Luban, Thu Apr 19 10:47
                    94 is a perfectly possible duration of life and one can't help but notice how much more reasonable the years of people on earth become with the advent of the Monarchy. Had Solomon been a myth, one... more
            • re: Tanis and Psusennes IRich McQuillen, Sat Apr 14 17:54
              "did not become a royal city before Psusennes I, who had so much from the royal city of Ramesses II [whose branch of the Nile had silted up] dragged there." -- I just watched "Secrets of the dead:... more
              • re: Tanis and Psusennes IMarianne Luban, Sun Apr 15 11:19
                Rich wrote: "Now something I'm confused about is Smendes, 1077/1076Ė1052 BC, seems to have reigned from Tanis before Psusennes. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smendes "While Smendes' precise origins... more
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